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Friday, December 11
 

12:00pm

How to Deal with Depression in the Games Industry
The games industry can be hard on those who comprise its core. Deadlines are missed, budgets are exceeded, sales aren't guaranteed, and the internet is not always kind. Depression is not uncommon in games; together, we will learn how to combat it.

Moderators
avatar for Zachary Snader

Zachary Snader

VP, Growth & Development, DUUL
Love and eSports | Cutest Baby in Phoenix, 1992 | Ambidextrous | VP, Growth & Development at @DUULNow | Let’s create! #yesphx #phxmade Life is awesome. Some of the finer things in life that I tend to purvey are relationships, entrepreneurship, games and their communities, and... Read More →

Friday December 11, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

12:00pm

Queer Gamers Coast to Coast
Can a game change someone's life? Do LGBTQ gamers see something in games that other players don't? Does it matter whether games feature same-sex relationships? How do LGBTQ gamers find each other, and what happens when they get together in one place?

What IS a queer gamer, anyway?

We've gathered video interviews with over 50 queer/ally gamers across the country addressing those questions, and we'll be sharing their personal stories here. Interviews touched on the importance of games, building community, and the value of events like GX3.

For more details, check out this video.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Baume

Matt Baume

Writer and storyteller. Creator of the podcast The Sewers of Paris (http://SewersOfParis.com), on which gay men tell personal stories about the entertainment that changed their lives. Author of Defining Marriage (http://DefiningMarriage.com), a book about people who fought to change... Read More →
avatar for James Morris

James Morris

I'm sleepy.


Friday December 11, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

1:00pm

Gaymers: The Difference A 'Y' Makes
What do Gaymers want?  What makes them different?  How do we make games they will love (and why should we even try)?  These are the questions that Game Designer Paul S. Nowak sought to answer when he conducted the industry’s most-recent academically admissible research into the connection between sexual identity and video game playing preferences.  Here, for the first time, he presents the results of his international survey of gay gamers, including guidelines for making successful homosexual content in games and real-world case studies of their successful implementations from his own career.  

Moderators
avatar for Paul S. Nowak

Paul S. Nowak

Game Designer
Currently designing games in his new home of Los Angeles, CA, Paul is thrilled to be gaining valuable experience as a game designer. He is most proud of his accomplishments as Senior Game Designer/Producer on Team USA’s Pinsanity, a social/mobile game for the US Olympic Team, and... Read More →

Friday December 11, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

3:00pm

Being Queer in Games Journalism
The folks of GameRevolution talk about what it is like to be queer in the gaming journalism industry which is typically straight-dominated. 

Speakers
avatar for Gil Almogi

Gil Almogi

Writer
I've played video games most of my life, but I've only been writing about them for a few years proceeding a small mid-life crisis. I also like cats and food.
avatar for Blake Peterson

Blake Peterson

Video Editor/Producer/Writer, gamerevolution.com
I play vidya games and sometimes write professionally about them, or make videos about them.
avatar for Kevin Schaller

Kevin Schaller

Freelance Contributor, Game Revolution
I'm a professional critic, an amateur poker player, an occasional blogger, and a sometimes karaoke-er (though I'll never admit it... ever).
avatar for Nick Tan

Nick Tan

Editor in Chief, GameRevolution
I've been a games writer for eight years at GameRevolution and am the current Editor in Chief for the outlet. I'm also a Guitar Hero, Mass Effect fan, and Fallout junkie.
avatar for Jessica Lj Vazquez

Jessica Lj Vazquez

Writer/Video Editor, gamerevolution.com
I am a freelancer for gamerevolution.com. My full time job is in managing a video editing lab at a art school in San Francisco. I love video games and often find myself diving head first into lengthy RPG games but I do enjoy all types of games.


Friday December 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

4:00pm

Creating Queermunity: When Your Faves Are Problematic
Joey and Amber discuss how to make safe space while liking problematic media! :D

Moderators
avatar for Amber D. Garza

Amber D. Garza

Coordinator & Revenue Committee, Geeks OUT/Flame Con
Feminism, anti-racism, queer revolution, Octavia Butler, Sense8, Daredevil television show, comic books (especially Image, Legendary and Gestalt), translation rights licensing, print publishing industry

Speakers
avatar for Avi Ehrlich

Avi Ehrlich

Silver Sprocket
Publisher and impresario at Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club, a bike club and art crew which publishes "As You Were" - a punk comix anthology series.
avatar for Sarah Godfrey

Sarah Godfrey

Organizer, San Francisco Zine Fest
Zinester and artist living in Oakland but originally from the UK. I like zines that are about oversharing, art that you can touch and being a full time queer feminist killjoy.
HN

Hazel Newlevant

Editor, Chainmail Bikini
avatar for Ion O'Clast

Ion O'Clast

Traitor, Hardest Tryer
writer//gender secessionist//fake gamer grrrl


Friday December 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

4:00pm

Journalists Discuss: Actual Ethics in Game Journalism
Limited Capacity seats available

Ethics in video game journalism is a heated subject in the industry --  to say the least -- with the gaming audience demanding both fair coverage and transparent, unbiased practices by journalists. This panel of working journalists in the field will clear the air and actually discuss the difficulty of ethics in a medium that is, at its roots, an enthusiast press. We will discuss everything from embargoes and relationships with PR, to advertising in the face of a free press and the polarization of social gaming topics such as race, gender, and sexual orientation.

Moderators
avatar for Nick Tan

Nick Tan

Editor in Chief, GameRevolution
I've been a games writer for eight years at GameRevolution and am the current Editor in Chief for the outlet. I'm also a Guitar Hero, Mass Effect fan, and Fallout junkie.

Speakers
avatar for Gil Almogi

Gil Almogi

Writer
I've played video games most of my life, but I've only been writing about them for a few years proceeding a small mid-life crisis. I also like cats and food.
avatar for Ludwig Kietzmann

Ludwig Kietzmann

Freelance Writer, GamesRadar+
US. editor-in-chief at GamesRadar+. Formerly of Joystiq. Punned it and tiny human bean grown in Africa. Forbes 30-under-30 person-thing.
avatar for Carolyn Petit

Carolyn Petit

Managing Editor, Feminist Frequency
I spent four years as an editor at GameSpot, where my experiences as a publicly transgender woman in the games media gave me a unique perspective on the state of games culture. My review of Grand Theft Auto V for GameSpot, which touched on issues of misogyny in the game, caused quite... Read More →
avatar for Nick Tan

Nick Tan

Editor in Chief, GameRevolution
I've been a games writer for eight years at GameRevolution and am the current Editor in Chief for the outlet. I'm also a Guitar Hero, Mass Effect fan, and Fallout junkie.


Friday December 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

5:00pm

Bayo Studies: Year One -- A Deeper Look at the Bayonetta Series
She's sassy. She's curvy. She's the bullet-brandishing domme that's everyone's problematic fave. Why do queer players love Bayonetta so much? Why can she be such a guilty pleasure? Is there more to meets the eye in these games than yet another leather-clad video game sex doll? If you want the answers to these questions -- or just love Bayo just as much as we do -- drop by this panel and hear four of the world's foremost experts in Bayonetta Studies chat about the promise and peril of one of gaming's most controversial and fascinating heroines.

Moderators
avatar for Todd Harper

Todd Harper

Visiting Professor, University of Baltimore, United States of America
Game studies academic who does work on queer and gender issues in games. 1/3 of gay gaming podcast Gayme Bar. Swims with the orcas.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Cross

Katherine Cross

Gamasutra
Katherine Cross is a gaming critic, sociologist, and feminist scholar who studies virtual worlds, particularly gender and the dynamics of online harassment. Her academic work has been published in Women's Studies Quarterly and in Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Games Studies... Read More →
avatar for Todd Harper

Todd Harper

Visiting Professor, University of Baltimore, United States of America
Game studies academic who does work on queer and gender issues in games. 1/3 of gay gaming podcast Gayme Bar. Swims with the orcas.
avatar for Gita Jackson

Gita Jackson

Gita Jackson is a writer and gallerist living in Chicago. She was written for Paste, Polygon and the Arcade Review about videogames, fashion, womanhood and race. As a gallerist, she co-founded HUME, a non-profit artist run gallery and studio space in Chicago's HUmboldt Park neighborhood... Read More →
avatar for Maddy Myers

Maddy Myers

Editor, The Mary Sue
Maddy Myers currently works at The Mary Sue; previously, she has written for the Boston Phoenix, Paste Magazine, MIT Technology Review, and tons more. She also plays the keytar in a band called the Robot Knights (robotknights.com).


Friday December 11, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

5:00pm

Mental Health for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Gamers
Gaming can be a safe space to explore gender identity and help with coping skills. Come join us in the discussion of just what makes a safe space and how to ensure you are in one. We'll also discuss the effects of a lack of representation of this community in games. Also find out what to look for in a therapist that is competent to offer support while also being knowledgeable about the trans, GNC and gaming communities.

Moderators
avatar for Serenity Sersecion

Serenity Sersecion

Professor, PhD Clinical Psychology, Palo Ato University
Dr. Serenity Serseción is from Puerto Rico and started gaming at a young age. They have a BS in psychology, an MS in counseling: marriage and family therapy, an MS in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. The first game they remember playing was Bonk on the TurboGrafx-16... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joey Hannah

Joey Hannah

Psychologist, University of Texas
Life-long gamer and licensed psychologist (Counseling Psychology PhD) interested in exploring intersections of identities, gaming, and mental health. You can contact me by email (joeyhannahphd@gmail.com), on Twitter (@joeyhannahphd) or LinkedIn if you'd like :)
avatar for Serenity Sersecion

Serenity Sersecion

Professor, PhD Clinical Psychology, Palo Ato University
Dr. Serenity Serseción is from Puerto Rico and started gaming at a young age. They have a BS in psychology, an MS in counseling: marriage and family therapy, an MS in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. The first game they remember playing was Bonk on the TurboGrafx-16... Read More →


Friday December 11, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II
 
Saturday, December 12
 

11:00am

Queer Youth Making Video Games (Maven)
Prizes Given Away During Workshop

Queer Youth Game Developers share their game development journey of learning programming to launching their first award winning game Wizards vs Scientists.  This game is an RPG style story telling game that centers on the player trying to douse a conflict between the two factions: Wizards and Scientists. The main story has many themes that delve into a number of social and political issues, including the true meaning of war, treatment of the LGBTQ community, racism, treatment of soldiers, and the possibility of a true communist ideal.  and the steps they are doing to educating other queer youth about game development.

Maven is a national nonprofit fostering innovative solutions that empower LGBTQA youth to network, organize and educate for social change. We provide queer youth leadership opportunities to teach coding/game development in their local LGBT centers/youth groups.  We also host Free 2-week Tech camps for queer youth to explore a pathway into technology. 

Panel Members
Humaira - 17 yrs
Julia - 14 yrs
Kiernynn - 16 yrs
Tessa - 18 yrs

Prizes include:
  • 1 year GameMaker Memberships
  • Mozilla Mobile Cell Phones
  • T-shirts

Moderators
avatar for Monica Arrambide

Monica Arrambide

CEO, Maven
Maven fosters innovative solutions that empower LGBTQA youth to network, organize and educate for social change. We provide Queer Youth Tech Camps, Hack 4 Queer Youth Hackathons and game development workshops in partnership with local LGBT+ youth centers. www.mymaven.org

Saturday December 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

12:00pm

The Effects Of Gayme Addiction On Queers
With video games & mobile apps being blamed for everything from school shootings to the death of gay bars, we'll examine the claims, why we love games, and the most modern research on game addiction, its causes, consequences, & cures.

For nearly a decade Daniel Villarreal has served as an e-journalist covering LGBT issues and media. He is a lifelong gamer and has presented at GaymerX and GaymerX2. He is also a psychology major who has long been interested in mental health issues, the history of gaming, and the impact of social media.


Saturday December 12, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

12:00pm

The State Of Play
Speakers
avatar for Linus Larsson

Linus Larsson

Journalist, author and editor of The State of Play, an anthology of writings on games and gaming culture, featuring Anita Sarkeesian, Ian Bogost, Leigh Alexander, Zoe Quinn, Evan Narcisse and many more. Also tech editor at Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter and author of Minecraft:The... Read More →
ZQ

Zoe Quinn

Irrelevant Games
Irrelevant Games
avatar for Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian

Feminist Frequency
Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

1:00pm

Cute in Games
We are both trans people in games, but, more importantly, we are cute people who make cute games. We would like to discuss which games are most adorable, what makes games "awwww", and whether more games should "I can't even".


Ness Io works with kids & produces a variety of writing, music, art, etc. Here's an article they recently wrote and illustrated: http://meminsf.silverstringmedia.com/identity/girl-glasses-avatars-in-animal-crossing/

Eva is an experienced game developer whose playable projects and tools (both completed and in progress currently) can be viewed here: http://evajolene.com/

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday December 12, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

2:00pm

Gaming While Trans: A Discussion on Gaming & Trans Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

The gaming community can be a harsh and difficult place to those who are different. So how do you navigate it and find a community to belong to when you are trans? How do games effect us? Is that effect reflected in our culture? Come hear Brianna Wu and Katherine Cross talk about where the gaming community and trans community cross into each other and deal with these issues and more.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Cross

Katherine Cross

Gamasutra
Katherine Cross is a gaming critic, sociologist, and feminist scholar who studies virtual worlds, particularly gender and the dynamics of online harassment. Her academic work has been published in Women's Studies Quarterly and in Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Games Studies... Read More →
avatar for Brianna Wu

Brianna Wu

CEO/Founder, Giant Spacekat
Brianna Wu is the head of development at Giant Spacekat. She's a software engineer and the host of Isometric and Rocket podcasts on the Relay.FM network. Worldwide press has called her the “Games Boss.” Over the past few years, she’s become a frequent speaker on women-in-tech... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

2:30pm

5:00pm

Natasha Allegri and Friends Do Stuff
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Boss Of Honor Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time, Bee & Puppycat) and her guests Efrain Farias and Hans Tseng of Frederator as they talk about creating Bee & Puppycat, storyboarding, and the incredible world of cartoons!


Saturday December 12, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

6:00pm

How to Be Nice to People That Hate You
Poet and priest George Herbert said it best:" Living well is the best revenge." And yet...we live in an era where we can be constantly under attack from friends, family, and oh, the rest of the internet. But you know what can be more powerful than even the most tersely acidic 140-character response? Compassion and understanding. Come learn how to kill with kindness to help foster a kind environment for all, especially those that hate you.

Speakers
avatar for Jamin Warren

Jamin Warren

founder, Kill Screen
Videogames.


Saturday December 12, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II
 
Sunday, December 13
 

10:00am

Gaymers: The Web Series
Life is hard enough for a gamer, with adversarial forces coming in the form of immortal vampires, corrupt electrical companies, and dysentery. When gay gamer Corey Priest moves in with a group of like-minded gamers, these offbeat characters struggle to face their toughest adversary yet: real life.

Join creators Artur Prakapas and Ken Bernardo, as well as cast members Laura Charette (Mel), Louis Cunningham (Anthony), Andres Quintero (Marco), and James A Pierce III (Corey), as they introduce this quirky new comedy web series that blends life in the LGBT world with a love of video games.

Panelists:
Artur Prakapas - Producer/Director (moderator)

Ken Bernardo - Writer
James A Pierce III - Actor
Andres Quintero - Actor
Laura Charette - Actor 
Louis Cunningham - Actor

Moderators
avatar for Artur Prakapas

Artur Prakapas

Filmmaker, Super Effective

Speakers

Sunday December 13, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

12:00pm

Connecting Us: The Power Of Online Collaboration For Queer People
Sometimes being who we are can be isolating. Thankfully for alot of us there are games to connect us. To bring us together with people like us to enjoy something great together. Join us as we talk about how important this kind of space is and how to make sure they continue to grow.

Speakers

Sunday December 13, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

1:00pm

Ricki Ortiz Vs. The World
Come watch Ricki Ortiz kick some butt and answer some questions as she does so! :D

Speakers

Sunday December 13, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

2:00pm

Trixie Time: Trixie Mattel Meet, Greet & Storytime!
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
Sunday December 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)